Some people mock those who use big words. (Yes, some things are abstractions.) And others mock those who use small words. (Yes, you don’t need to be an academic to catch the scent of bullshit.) And some even mock those for being contradictory. (George Orwell, these days often cited by the right as a stalwart […]Read more "Big words, small words, and contradictions"
Bullshit. There are people who don’t like what you say, do, and think. There are people who don’t like you. The sooner you swallow these pills, the better. Follow the prescription as advised: once a day, daily, forever. You, reader, a million thoughts fly through your head everyday. I’m sure I disagree with many of […]Read more "“And he was liked, universally, by all.”"
I never learned to write. I never learned speak. And I don’t know anything about marketing. All I do is imitate. I emulate, mimic, mime. Unsarcastically I mock those who do things better than I do. I’m a chameleon. When we spice up our work with a dash of perspective and style, we give off […]Read more "I’m a chameleon."
Talented is not good enough. You might have talents, but that doesn’t mean you’re exempt from criticism. Never, ever think that you’re above criticism. You’re not. If somebody in the industry says something harsh (but true!) about your work, listen closely. It’ll hurt, but consider: boxing isn’t just about throwing punches. Boxing is about how […]Read more "Talented is not good enough."
Regret is the Goliath of the heart. And like any Goliath, all it takes is a courageous David to knock it down. To avoid your golden years turning bronze with regret, examine everything that you say, do, and think. Start by casting these stones: “Is this thought or behavior serving me?” “What might happen if […]Read more "An unexamined life, a stillborn spirit."
Experimentation is glorious. Without it, you wouldn’t be reading this post. The technology you’re using to read these words contains a historical element. It took developers, oh, I don’t know, 60 years to refine the protocols necessary to deliver you these words from my brain to your screen. And it took evolution, oh, I don’t […]Read more "Never Underestimate the Power of Experimentation"
Often human nature is colored with greed, power, destruction. We think billionaire tech moguls represent the totality of the human spirit. We look to a few case studies of chaos and corruption and think, “yeah, that’s us. That’s humanity.” But greed, power, destruction, these are just a few darker aspects of human nature. I’m in […]Read more "The Dark and the Light Half"
The world wants sex, drugs, and money. If those things interest you, then write about them. But if they don’t…then you should write about No, you shouldn’t. Not unless it interests you. Not unless it’s a topic that you need to write about. Writing about a topic for the sake of that topic is like […]Read more "“You should write about…”"
Grandpa Ted was a successful door-to-door vacuum salesman. “Grandpa Ted,” I asked, “how do you convince someone to buy a vacuum?” “Show them the vacuum sucking out all the dirt from the places they never would have expected.” In a word, demonstrate. “There was a sign on the front of my office that said ‘knock […]Read more "Sales advice from Grandpa Ted"
No more PowerPoint slides. No more timid music. No more boring videos. My Video Storytelling Class is now available for presale. I created a self-paced online course packed with everything I know about harnessing the power of video to tell great stories. Designed with the video editing newbie in mind, you’ll learn how to create […]Read more "No more boring videos: Video Storytelling Class is here."